Dobey Delighted After Victory Over Van Den Bergh at 2021 Darts Masters
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After making an emphatic statement on his Masters debut, Chris Dobey admitted that it was "nice to get back to winning ways" after following his 6-2 win over Dimitri van den Bergh.

Hollywood is competing in his first Masters tournament, which sees the top 24 players compete this year instead of the usual 16.

After a crucial break of throw in the fifth leg to go 3-2 up, the Bedlington ace went on to win the next three legs to record a stunning victory in the First Round.

Dobey beats van den Bergh on Masters Debut 

Hollywood broke against van den Bergh's throw in the first leg to set the tone of the game. The Bedlington thrower was pegged back to 2-2, but a crucial break right before the interval proved to be decisive.

Dobey, who finished the game with a 97.36 average, went on to win the next three legs, hitting double 18 to wrap up an emphatic victory against the world no.10.

Results for Hollywood didn't necessarily match the performances during 2020, but a big scalp to start the year will fill him full of confidence.

"It's nice to get back to winning ways," he said. "I felt great before the game, going up onto the stage.

"I've been putting the time in at home and it's paid off. I'm really grateful for that.

He continued: "I had a few days off after the (World Championship) and had to get back to the practice board to put in the hours that I wasn't, leading up to the Worlds.

"I've changed my throw a little bit. I've started slowing down and it's worked. I've picked up a few things on my game and it's improved.

"There's nothing wrong with having a change. You can always go back to how it was if it doesn't work.

"I felt that sometimes I got caught up in other peoples speed, I was going too fast sometimes. I take my time before going for those doubles and it's paid off. I'm happy about that."

Surprises in the First Round of 2021 Masters

Three games went all the way in nail-biting encounters as Adrian Lewis, Daryl Gurney and Jonny Clayton won 6-5 against Michael Smith, Jeffrey de Zwaan and José de Sousa respectively.

Former Masters finalist Mervyn King was in ruthless form as he swept aside current Premier League champion Glen Durrant 6-1, while world no.19 Simon Whitlock cruised to a 6-2 victory against Kryzsztof Ratakski.

Ian White's wait for a first victory at the Masters will will have to wait another year after Mensur Suljovic kicked off the night by beating 'Diamond' 6-3 and will face Nathan Aspinall in the next round.

Joe Cullen beat Stephen Bunting to round off the night with a 102.26 average, which sets up a Second Round tie against current world champion Gerwyn Price.